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An Indigenous detective investigates the murder of a teenage girl in a small town in the Outback. Ivan Sen (Toomelah) crafts a mesmerising thriller with a stellar Australian cast including Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten and Jack Thompson.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As a straight-up, "Law & Order"-esque criminal investigation, it's watchable. But lingering shots and half-baked racial commentary overstate the importance of "Mystery Road.""
‑ Jay Boller, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A superior and taut outback adventure, you'd have to go back to Samson and Delilah to find an Australian feature this bonsa."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"Mystery Road is a detective story that unspools with languid menace on the widescreen of the Australian Outback."
‑ Kate Muir, Times [UK]
"This sand-blasted Aussie murder mystery tinkers with genre convention while managing to remain sincere and thrilling."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"Slow but reasonably suspenseful drama where an Aboriginal cop (Aaron Pedersen) returns home to investigate the murder of an indigenous teenager."
‑ Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman
"This tightly wound drama evokes a strikingly inventive sense of the Wild West in the Australian Outback."
‑ Rich Cline,
"Slow-burning but very powerful."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"Mystery Road may be set in modern Queensland but it has the feel of a flinty, slow-burning western as one stetson-wearing lawman stands against an entire community."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"A striking and menacing slow-burn thriller set in the Australian outback which blends dry humour with startling social commentary."
‑ Katherine McLaughlin, ViewLondon
"Imagine a racially charged Outback Chinatown and you have the measure of this terrific Aussie noir written, shot, directed, edited and scored by Ivan Sen."
‑ Matt Glasby, Total Film
"Sen (who also shoots, scores and edits) goes walkabout through the minefield of contemporary Australian culture, offering an evocative snapshot of an unravelling crime scene - social, racial and economic."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Aaron Pendersen is thoroughly believable as the conflicted Jay and the blasted landscape is photographed so well you'll be sweating and swatting the flies away from your own face after 10 mins."
‑ George Byrne, Irish Independent
"Director Ivan Sen's fourth feature evokes old westerns, Polanski's Chinatown and other noir classics, but still feels grounded in the dust and dried blood of the Australian soil."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Guardian
"Measured and sparing in its use of dialogue and music, Mystery Road remains strikingly atmospheric and expertly controlled as Sen builds a sense of quietly escalating tension."
‑ Allan Hunter, The List
"Detective Jay Swan is no Marlowe; he just isn't engaging, or all that interesting."
‑ David McGinty, The Skinny
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